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January 2, 2014

Where beginners come to learn

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“We still have the rope tows,” Neil Sawyer said.

The new trail system is mapped and color-coded for ability: the two easiest trails are marked with green circles; the four intermediate trails are marked with blue squares and the seven difficult trails are marked with black diamonds. The ski area also includes a terrain park.

Unusual in small ski areas, the Bradford operates a large terrain park once called the Snowboard Park. The area simulates travel through an area with jumps and other obstacles on the trail. The owners rearrange the park layout from year to year, but they keep the small half-pipe as part of the basic design. Skiers and snowboarders will find several rails including an A-frame rail and box, two or three down rails, with two small boxes for beginners. The designs usually includes a large kicker followed by a few small ramps throughout the run.

They are open six days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. They also have special night rates from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. six days a week.

School vacation and holidays the hours are: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They closed Christmas Eve night, Christmas day and New Years’ Eve night.

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